Based on the 1973 film, the horror drama follows two priests who must work together to tackle a horrifying case of demonic possession. The cast includes Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Kurt Egyiawan, Geena Davis, Alan Ruck, Brianne Howey, and Hannah Kasulka.
Season one of The Exorcist ended last week, and series creator Slater told Deadline he planned for the finale to be closed-ended:
I knew going into the show, before our first show ever debuted, I knew that I didn’t want to end the season on a cliffhanger, if that answers your question? Because I’m personally not a fan of cliffhangers in serialized storytelling, I feel it cheats the audience and it’s a last way to create suspense. My goal was then that this first season needed to tell a story with a beginning, a middle and an end and that story was the possession of the Rance family. So by the conclusion of this episode, you will get a satisfying ending to that story, as was my plan.”
Slater then mentioned that he already has ideas for a second season:
I definitely know where I want to go in Season 2 and what characters I want to take with me. I have a lot of plans, but one lesson that I learned in the course of this season is that it’s great to have big ideas but you have to also have the flexibility to pivot on a dime. I probably had the first half of this season planned out in my mind before we started shooting, but we had no idea what the back half of the season was or how we were going to wrap things up. That was a process of discovery of trusting the writers’ room, trusting the writers, it’s the most gratifying part of a television process for me. I have a 1000 ideas for another season of The Exorcist but I’ve learned to keep my options open so we can really craft it.”
But will The Exorcist be renewed? Slater says he doesn’t know yet, but he hopes there will be more:
I don’t know if this is the end of The Exorcist story, I definitely hope it’s not because I love these characters and this world and I have a lot more story to tell. But if this is all we get, then I feel we went out swinging and on a real high note.”
So far, FOX has not announced whether The Exorcist is renewed or not.
What do you think? Did you watch season one of The Exorcist? Do you want a second season?